Slice of Cheese

Johnson Inspires Big Zebras Win

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A hat trick for Lucy Johnson sealed a convincing 6-1 victory for the Hobart Zebras over University. Zebras went in at half time three goals ahead, thanks to goals from Kayla Mason, Allie Berry and Danielle Kannegiesser before Lucy Johnson, stole the show in the second half, bagging a hat trick. University fought until the end, despite the result and conjured a late consolation goal through the hard work of Mikalha George.

Just as the sun promised a good day for football, the first 20 minutes of the game brought promise for both sides. Quick forward play with players pushing on was the order early on, as both sides looked to break quickly but a lack of composure to create danger saw it remain 0-0. It took a goal from a corner kick for the deadlock to break on the 26th minute, through the head of Kayla Mason.

With a goal in hand, Zebras seemed to settle into the game, and it was all one way traffic as a second goal was added by Allie Berry. Berry managed to get on the end of the ball in the penalty area after the Zebras had cleverly moved the ball around the final third, working hard to find that space for the goal scoring opportunity.

Whilst Zebras dominated possession, Uni remained dangerous on the counter attack, however weren’t able to get forward often enough. Instead it was the Zebras who capitalised on their possession before the end of the half, with Kannegiesser scoring the games third goal. The goal was a product of Johnson beating her defender, then switching the ball over to Kannegiesser, who made no mistake putting the ball in the back of the net. Half time went in with the Zebras deservedly three goals ahead, having played some clever football and taken their chances.

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After a first half of setting up teammates, Johnson was clearly determined to get her name on the team sheet this half. A couple quick early chances for both sides, even with a disallowed goal from a very late call, made it seem destined to be Johnson who got the first goal of the half.

Ten minutes into the half, having found some space in the middle of the field, Johnson let one rip from 30 yards out, sending a rocket into the back of the net. Not to be content with one goal, Johnson got on the end of a second ball from a corner three minutes later and bagged her second for the day.

Sitting five goals up, Zebras looked rightly confident going forward, albeit University were not letting them play the type of passing game Zebras are fond of.

Not content with only two goals to her name, in the 70th minute Johnson got her hat-trick with an absolutely delightful goal, again from long range, leaving the keeper with no chance. Whilst the crowd anticipated a goal whenever Johnson would get near the ball the second half, three was all that was in the tank, having already guaranteed her side a convincing win.

The Bees weren’t about to go down without putting in some form of fight though. Some sloppy passing in the Zebras defence finally proved costly, with George lurking and getting on the end of a loose ball, clear of any other defenders and finding the bottom left hand corner. Whilst the performance by University wasn’t as well structured as they would have hoped, the goal was well deserved from the hard work their forwards had put in, on limited opportunities they had on the break.

In the end it was a very convincing win for Zebras. They were able to switch the point of attack quickly, leaving Uni unable to show the defensive discipline they have had in previous games. A team effort in the first half for Zebras, then a magic by Johnson in the second, gave them the cushion where some hospital passes in the back third didn’t ultimately cost them as it could have done in a closer game. Meanwhile a tough day at the office for Uni, who were simply outclassed at times, but should take heart for taking the opportunity to pull one back late in the game and fighting it out to the final whistle. 

Long time footy supporter and player, short time referee and blogger.Wanna-be know it all about women’s soccer. Also found at MollysFootyRants for more ramblings about football.